"Hamlet" and the Women
An analysis of Shakespeare's views on women through the portrayals of women in his plays, with an emphasis on the play "Hamlet."
# 6822 | 2,450 words | 9 sources | MLA | 2002 |
Published on Feb 07, 2003 in Drama and Theater (English) , Psychology (Freud) , English (Analysis) , Shakespeare (Hamlet)
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The writer of this paper counters feminists claims that Shakespeare was in agreement through the unfolding of his stories with the prevalent patriarchal culture. The writer shows that Shakespeare portrayed women as society would have understood them during that time period. By exploring the character, Ophelia, in "Hamlet," the paper shows that in fact Shakespeare holds a mirror to human experience in the play and exposes the virtues and the vices of the times.
From the Paper:"One of the most important issues often addressed in studying the portrayal of women in Hamlet is the Oedipus complex theory of Sigmund Freud. He claimed that individuals had a repressed desire for sexual involvement with the parent of the opposite sex. He went on to claim that there was rivalry with the parent of the same sex. Most critical readers admit that Hamlet indeed suffered from Oedipus complex. In fact, Hamlet is preoccupied with his mother's sexual life. This is part of what is driving him made."
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